Early Learning Scholarships

The State Early Learning Scholarships, a program of the Minnesota Department of Education, give families financial support of up to $7,500 to help pay for high-quality early care and education to prepare their young children for school. Any family residing in Minnesota and meeting the income eligibility and child age requirements may apply for a scholarship. Lakes and Prairies CAP administers scholarships for Region 4 residents. Please see below for the list of counties we serve.

Are you eligible?

      • You live in Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse or Wilkin County.
      • Your child(ren) turn(s) 3 or 4 years old by 9/1/2018

      • Your child(ren) is/are age 0 - 5 and meet one of the following state-set priorities:
        • You are under 21 years old and pursuing a high school diploma or GED.
        • Your family has experienced homelessness in the last 24 months.
        • You are receiving Child Protective Services or your child is in foster care placement.

      • Your family participates in one of the following publicly funded programs:

Family Size

Gross Income

Family Size

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For family units of more than eight members, add $7,992. for each additional member.
*See Family Size of 9 as an example.

How do you apply?

If you have any questions, please call Maria at 800-452-3646 ext 1584 or 218-512-1584 or e-mail her.

  • Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian reservations
  • Child Care Assitance Program (CCAP)
  • Food Support (SNAP)
  • Free and Reduced-Price Lunch Program (FRLP)
  • Head Start
  • Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
  • Foster Care


      • You have an annual income at or below 185% of the Federal Poverty Guideline (see chart listed below).

Participating Child Care/Education Program Information

For programs that have enrolled children with scholarships, please use the following documents to begin the reimbursement process. Mail all forms to the address listed above.